New Heat forward Danny Granger, limited to 46 games because of knee injuries the past two seasons, said Friday he underwent “minor” arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months ago but expects to be available for the Heat’s regular-season opener Oct.30 against Washington.
Granger said he will be on the “maintenance program” the Heat has used for Dwyane Wade, an approach that appealed to him when he was recruited by the Heat in July. He said there’s no soreness in the knee, which has been surgically repaired twice, but it needs to get stronger.
“We don’t want to burn me out through training camp and the preseason,” he said. “I’m doing everything fully now.”
Granger, 31, averaged 24.1, 20.5, and 18.7 points for Indiana over three consecutive seasons before the knee problems limited him to five games in 2012-13 and 41 games for the Pacers and Clippers last season, when he averaged 8.2 points on 37.8 percent shooting.
“Hopefully, he can bring to us what he brought to Indiana: a dynamic scorer at times,” Wade said. “We understand he has something to prove, and when he’s physically ready to be able to do it, we’re excited.”
Granger said he will embrace coming off the bench, having been sold on the idea by former Clippers teammate Jamal Crawford, who was voted the NBA’s top sixth man last season.
He said he asked Heat coach Erik Spoelstra what position he will play and “Spo said, ‘We don’t have positions.’ He keeps telling me that.”
Granger said when he committed orally to the Heat (two years and $4.2 million), he thought LeBron James would be re-signing with Miami.
He spoke to several teams, including Indiana, after James signed with Cleveland, “but still came to the conclusion this would be the best place for me. Trying to come back to where I was, it gives me the opportunity to play more with him not being here, so it was a good place for me either way. [And] it’s Miami. We have a dock behind our house, can go fishing with my son.”
The Heat’s Media Day “was the first time I put the [Heat] jersey on, and it’s kind of weird.”
▪ Center Chris Bosh said Spoelstra told him he will play in the post more often. But Bosh didn’t put on weight because “when you bulk up, you want to get into a wrestling match and, that’s no good for my game. I’m focusing on being light, strong, quick, being effective. I can’t do that if I’m wrestling with other big guys. That’s not up my alley.”
Bosh said: “I had to play a role the past four years. Moving forward, I can show the city and organization what value I can be. I’m really looking forward to it.”
He said “I’m a much better player, a better leader” than when he played in Toronto.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Wade, who has been on a strict diet, declined to give his weight but said it’s somewhere between the 212 pounds he weighed as a rookie and the 225 he weighed last season.
▪ Forward Josh McRoberts, who committed orally to the Heat before James left for Cleveland, said he never reconsidered that decision after James bolted.
Spoelstra said even though McRoberts “had a breakout season last year,” he told McRoberts in their first meeting that there is potential for more.
“Who knows what the ceiling is?” Spoelstra said. “His skill is very unique.”
▪ A prediction from Udonis Haslem: “We are going to surprise a lot of people. They will not be disappointed in the way we play the game. People will be proud of this team.”
Haslem also said: “Now we’ll see who the real Heat fans are.”